bastard

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bastard

adjective
(1) Born out of wedlock; illegitimate.
(2) Not genuine; adulterated; ersatz.

noun A popular term for an extremely unpleasant, rude and/or malicious person.
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But part of what I am arguing is that what Fielding actually offers is a division between Tom's "real" character and an overreaction to his admittedly imprudent or immoral actions, exacerbated by his bastardly reputation.
The dead, spray-painted grass was atrocious--a bastardly approximation of the beauty we had lost.
Thus, after 1588, Griffin argues, the ethos of Spanish cruelty in Inquisition and conquest became coupled with Spanish "darkness," the ethnos of its '"most bastardly'" origins as a nation composed of no one single race but as an admixture of Roman, African, Moor, and Jew.